Replicate

“O you who hear prayer, to you shall all flesh come.” (Psalm 65:2)           Prayer isn’t always easy! At times we come up short and a sense of inadequacy takes center stage as we try to express our needs and communicate our praise to God. Often, we run out of words, […]

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Body Work

“Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.”           (I Corinthians 12:27) Runners sprinting down the track toward the finish line, weightlifters hoisting barbells with heavy metal plates, skiers flying across the slopes at breakneck speeds, or ballerinas extending their legs in a graceful arabesque – each one […]

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Precursor

“Then Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground, and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell down before the LORD, worshiping the LORD.”     (2 Chronicles 20:18) Even his name has a wonderful ring to it. Jehoshaphat was the king of Judah, famous for his triumphant victory during a dark time […]

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Attention

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.” (James 1:17)             Old trees fascinate. After enduring seasons of brutal weather that battered them relentlessly, they stand at attention like proud […]

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Lived Out

“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.” (I Corinthians 13:4-6)             Jesus was never a […]

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Immersed

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” (Romans 15:13) Hope surges through Scripture in the way sparkling river water conveys life to parched places. Streaming through the Word in a recurring theme, hope brims […]

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Answers

“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me.” (John 14:1) Questions often stack up tall beside a short supply of answers. We surface our doubts and wonderings, waiting for explanations from God as if he is bound to straighten out all our conundrums. God doesn’t scare easily, doesn’t flinch at […]

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Blind Belief

“And as Jesus passed on from there, two blind men followed him, crying aloud, “Have mercy on us, Son of David.” (Matthew 9:27) They desperately needed his help and, despite their obvious limitations, followed him. Two blind men had the wisdom and the courage to seek after Jesus when it couldn’t have been easy, trapped […]

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Able and Willing

“May your roots go down deep into the soil of God’s marvelous love; and may you be able to feel and understand, as all God’s children should, how long, how wide, how deep, and how high his love really is; and to experience this love for yourselves, though it is so great that you will […]

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Enough

“Many of the Jews therefore, who had come with Mary and had seen what he did, believed in him.”          (John 11:45) During our struggles we may believe our lives void of significance. Pinned beneath cancer’s aggressive hold, squeezed tight by financial difficulties, or drained by depression’s tiresome company, we may think […]

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